Today it was my pleasure to have author Krista Kelley on my blog. Krista's debut novel: Grey's Curse was published on 08/29/14 by Breathless Press.
First, thank you for being here and why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a stay at home mom and wife who loves reading and writing stories of my own. I live in a small town in Kentucky. When I'm not writing, I can be found playing with my daughter or watching the numerous TV shows that I am in love with.
Your debut novel, The Grey Curse, was recently published. How did it feel?
It felt unbelievable. My lifelong dream finally came true. I'll admit, I still can't believe that my book is actually published.
What was the timeline from starting to write the book to having it published?
I started the actual writing of The Grey Curse on November 1st, 2013. It was a NaNoWriMo project. I sent the finished manuscript to Breathless Press in January of this year and received my acceptance letter on March 11th. I signed my contract March 17th and started my first round of edits in May. My "baby" was released on August 29th.
Did you self-publish or use a traditional publisher?
I used a traditional publishing company by the name of Breathless Press.
Can you share with us what the book is about?
My book is a Paranormal Romance about a witch, a vampire, and a powerful curse.
How long have you known you wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved writing, but I never thought about being a published author until I was 15. It wasn't until last year that I decided to take my writing seriously and try to get published.
What is your writing method? Do you write in order, use a timeline, etc?
I have a hodgepodge of different methods I use. I do mostly write in order, but sometimes a scene pops up and I have to get it down asap.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned since publishing your book?
It's harder than it looks. The grueling hours of editing, working until your brain feels like mushy bananas. Writing a book is easy. It's the preparation for getting it published that's the hardest.
If you could only choose one method to read which would it be, E-book or Print and why?
I would have to choose print. I love the feel of a book in my hands and the smell of the pages.
Who are your favorite authors and what are your favorite books?
My two absoulute favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon and Torie James. I do have a lot more that I love though. *wink, wink* As for favorite books, the list is just way too long. I've read very few books that I didn't love.
Now that you can happily say you’re a published author, what advice would you give to someone that is working towards that goal?
Never give up. Never give in. You can do it. It was the advice given to me by my dearest friend and I think it's a valuable piece of advice for anyone.
And finally- the fun stuff:
Favorite type of music to write to
Favorite movie of all time
I'd have to say Brave.
Favorite type of food
My husband's homemade deer tips.
If you could be a cartoon character, what character would you be?
A minion from Despicable Me. Lol.
Finally, can you share an excerpt from your book to give us a tease of Grey Curse?
"This one's the last of her line. There are no others, Deke." He held up a file and tossed it to Decan.
Catching it, he thumbed through the small stack of papers and moved back to his recliner. "Selena Michelle Grey, born October 31st, 1991. Hair, blonde. Eyes, blue. Only child to Thomas and Melissa Grey." Decan closed the folder and leaned back in his chair. The last Grey. It meant his life's purpose had almost been completed. What would he do when the time came when there were no more "missions"? There had been a time when it had seemed impossible. He had spent his exceedingly long life fulfilling his mother's wishes. Running a hand through his hair, he gave it a tug before peering back up at his maker.
"After this one, I'll be free?"
Nikolai's lips turned up in a small smile. "You'll be free. You know the drill. You have until her twenty-first birthday to do recon. Study her habits—where she goes, who she sees. October thirty-first, you strike."
Before Decan could blink, the elder man disappeared. He glanced back down at the file in his hands and smirked. The last Grey. How would he deal with this one? A fire? Or maybe a drowning? It happened a lot with the Ohio River being so close. Whatever he did, he had to make sure it looked like an accident. They didn't need people looking for a murderer. It was one of their rules. Always make it appear accidental. Decan couldn't afford to be caught. After 100 years, he had gotten good at his job. First, with Violet Grey. Then Mary Sue and April Grey, Nancy Grey Callis and last had been Elizabeth Grey. Five women he'd killed, all in his mother's name. But they had deserved it, they all did. And now this one would die and fulfill his mother's curse.
Krista, thank you so much for being here. How about your links so others can find you, your works and stalk you. ;)
Breathless Press: http://www.breathlesspress.com/